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Could Nitish Kumar too look at Uttar Pradesh in bid for national launch? State unit lines up seats

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The Uttar Pradesh unit of the Janta Dal (United), or JD(U), has set political circles in the state abuzz by proposing to their central leadership that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the party’s leader, contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from the state and throw down a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose constituency is Varanasi.

Earlier this month, Kumar met Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav and his father and former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in a hospital in Gurugram where Mulayam was undergoing treatment. The meeting came during Kumar’s tour of Delhi to meet Opposition leaders. Days before that, the JD(U) UP unit had proposed at the party’s national executive meeting in Patna that the Bihar CM contest the general elections from the BJP-ruled state.

The JD(U)’s UP president Anoop Singh Patel said he had proposed that Kumar contest from Mirzapur, Phulpur, or Ambedkar Nagar. These seats have a strong presence of voters from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). A majority of them are Kurmis, Mauryas, Shakyas, Kushwahas, and Sainis. Kumar belongs to the Kurmi community whose votes are decisive in several constituencies in eastern and central UP, and Bundelkhand.

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What James Prinsep and his 200-year-old map reveal about Gyanvapi

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James Prinsep's lithograph of the Gyanvapi site in his 1831 book (left) and the disputed complex in 1991.

James Prinsep, because of whom the world knows of emperor Ashoka, lived in Varanasi for 10 years. In 1831, the British scholar drew a lithographic map of the old Kashi Vishwanath temple, and showed how Aurangzeb’s Gyanvapi mosque stood on it. That will now be a crucial piece of evidence.

At a walking distance from Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is the Prinsep Ghat on the banks of the Hooghly. One gets a close view of the Vidyasagar Setu and can take a boat ride on the River Hooghly from Prinsep Ghat.

The ghat is named after James Prinsep, a British numismatist and archaeologist, who made significant contributions to India’s historiography. He came to India when he was 28 and was the youngest fellow of the British Asiatic Society.

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In address to Parliament, President Droupadi Murmu hails Ram Mandir, says strong government India’s advantage

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According to the President Murmu, the construction of Ram Mandir and the removal of Article 370 were significant in the country's efforts to overcome past challenges and invest maximum energy for the future. (Photo/Videograb@DDNational)

strong and stable government would lead to rapid development at the domestic level and could place the country as “Vishwa-Mitra” (friend of the world) during the period of upheaval in the global scenario, President Droupadi Murmu said on Wednesday in her last address to the joint session of Parliament ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

In her almost 90-minute long speech, President Murmu, who listed the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led governments in the last decade, said that January 22, the day the newly constructed Ram temple in Ayodhya was consecrated, was a defining moment.

“There come junctures in the history of civilizations which shape the future for the coming centuries. There have been many such defining moments in the history of India too. This year, on January 22, the country witnessed a similar epochal moment. After waiting for centuries, Ram Lalla has now been enshrined in his grand temple in Ayodhya,” the President said in her address.

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‘Shocking’ overcrowding: SC orders states, UTs to plan new jails for next 50 yrs

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Delhi has 16 central jails with over 20,000 prisoners as against a sanctioned capacity of 10,026 inmates. (HT file)

Court was informed that while overcrowding was observed across all categories of jails in most states, there were some which had “super overcrowding”

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed states and union territories to accord “top priority” to the problem of overcrowding in jails, finding the actual occupancy of jails across the country to be “shocking” and “quite worrying” and directed committees to be set up in each district within a week to prepare a roadmap on the number of jails needed to cater to prison population for the next 50 years.

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